Capital Partners for Education (CPE) provides a structured continuum of one-on-one mentoring, academic support, and career preparation services to low-income high school and college students from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, guiding them to and through college, and into sustainable career paths.
By 2020, roughly 65% of all new high growth, high-wage jobs in the Washington, D.C. area will require a college degree, and earning potential is nearly double, on average, for college graduates vs. non-college graduates (Georgetown Public Policy Institute). Nationally 9% of low-income students earn a college degree compared to 77% of high-income students. Without this credential, low-income students cannot access the high-wage, high-growth jobs required to break the multi-generational cycle of poverty.
Today, CPE provides 1:1 mentoring and holistic college and career readiness programming to 336 students who are enrolled in 20 Washington, D.C.-area high schools (including D.C. public and charter schools) and more than 50 colleges and universities across the country. Rather than simply focusing on college access, CPE now focuses on helping its students graduate from college to address the high attrition rates of a student population that is low-income and largely first generation to college.
Over the past ten years, 97 percent of students who complete the CPE high school mentoring program enroll in college and graduate at more than double the rate of their similarly situated peers